Suttle Lake Staff Committed to Serve, Each other

October 18, 2017

In 2017 at Suttle Lake there were six young adults who served the full season, including an international staff member from Sahagun, Mexico. Their joy in being in ministry, singing and praying together, appreciating God’s beauty in creation, as well as playing games and laughing together enriched the camp and fostered their own growth.

These young adults served as the core site staff. This team committed to serving and living at camp for about ten weeks and all the hard work that goes with it: preparing meals, leading activities, cleaning bathrooms, assisting with maintenance, and much more. Often this is a first job, and that in itself brings many lessons. Moreover, there are countless other lessons as a result of living in Christian community and extending hospitality to our campers and guests. The team comes together for daily prayer and check-ins, as well as regular devotions and worship experiences.

Sarah Strobel, a first time staff member, shared "I definitely learned a lot of important life skills; how to wash hundreds of dishes efficiently, how to cut onions without bawling, but most importantly, how to be a good coworker and friend. I grew closer to God with each sunset (and solar eclipse, mind you) and closer with these wonderful people. This summer was definitely one for the books!"
What a gift to share with these young adults!

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